With the significant increase of local authors and storytellers, as well as the expanding culture of reading among Cambodian youths, there are enough reasons to believe that publications and literature are going nowhere but forward.
This is what the Cambodia Book Fair is also pushing forth year after year. The event is held annually to promote and raise awareness of books for youths and children, as well as for adults and professionals. Cambodia Book Fair also aims to support local writers and the local publishing industry in the kingdom.
This year, the 7th edition of Cambodia Book Fair will run from today, December 7 until December 9 at the National Library.
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Samrang Komsan, said, “Reading is required in the country as the habit of it helps develop the minds of the readers. Through this event, I expect for various books and publications to be recognised and be used by adolescents and children.”
He added the event was not just meant to boost reading habits of young Khmers, it is also a way of helping our emerging writers to continue their passion.
“In order to make this event successful, we as a team must take an extra mile to cooperate with the media so events like this can expand more. This will really have a positive impact on the reading culture,” Mr Komsan noted.
Director of Cambodia National Library, Klot Vibola, also emphasised that the national library’s goal is to encourage and cultivate reading habit on children and encourage them to bring such habit until they grow.
Ms Vibola continued, “This is a sign of the quality of human resources in the country. The more people read, the more general knowledge is gained and it enables to foster the nation’s development, and residents are even more educated.”
Sam Ol Vibolleakha, a volunteer for the book fair, said that many activities have been added to the event to attract more young Cambodians to visit and join the fair.
The core activities will include souvenir booth, reading under the trees, painting, and many more fun activities.
The 7th Cambodia Book Fair is expected to draw 70,000 participants, which will be a significant rise from last year’s 50,000 entrants.